I have always loved Marilynn Griffith but this book reminded me why. Rhythms of Grace is a wonderful story about forgiveness, acceptance and reconciliation with the past and with one's self. The story follows the main protagonist Grace, who after having a traumatic childhood experience, finds herself lost as an adult and at odds with herself. Along for the ride are several other characters who have their own issues, that are in many ways similar. Zeely, Grace's best friend, maintains a close but tense relationship with Grace as she has her own secrets to confront. Brian Mayfield, though accomplished in the eyes of the world, still struggles with his own sense of significance due to questions about his past. And Ron, the white boy in a black community struggles to figure out what really is the right thing to do.
What I loved about this book is the perfect characterization of all the main characters. Griffith lets you know who they are without ever telling you who they are. It's perfect. The author was also good at building suspense throughout the novel and kept me hanging on to the end. There was even a bit of a mystery involved and I was surprised to find out who was behind everything at the end. And of course, like every Griffith novel, it was very well written.
The only slightly negative thing was that the novel was quite long. I also didn't like that a few of the storylines were not completely tied up, so at the end you know there will be a sequel. However none of these factors should deter readers from an otherwise very good work of fiction.
There are certainly levels of Christian Fiction. There is a lot of stuff that entertains out there, but Griffith brings it to a higher meaningful level with this novel. I think readers looking for a bit more substance will like this one.